Michigan’s new rural development office created to increase opportunities for rural communities

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed a new executive directive establishing the Office of Rural Development. The new office, within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), will advise organizations on how best to help rural areas.

The Rural Development Office will work on economic development, affordable housing, green energy, education, demographic changes, high-speed internet and tribal issues related to rural areas.

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With the new office comes a new leadership position. The Office will be managed by the Rural Development Assistant, who will be the state point of contact for community leaders on pressing rural issues.

“I am very happy to see that our efforts to support rural communities are bearing fruit,” said Representative Angela Witwer, (R) Delta Twp. “This new office will ensure that Michigan’s communities, regardless of their size or proximity to urban centers, receive the support they deserve. I applaud the governor for taking bold steps to meet their needs. I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Governor and his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure the voices of rural Michigan residents are heard in Lansing.

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